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  1. As online slot fans there is nothing more exciting than seeing our fellow players take home amazing jackpot wins on our favourite casino games. At GamblersPick we thought that now would be the time to celebrate with the lucky spins, immaculate timing, and mega wins of 2021. The 7 Biggest Jackpot Wins of 2021 Let’s kick off this exciting list of big wins and progressive jackpots with the largest payout for the year and work our way down the list from there: ✓Absolootly Mad Mega Moolah - €19.4 million April 27, 2021, will be a day to remember for one lucky player at Napoleon casino thanks to a life-changing Mega Moolah progressive jackpot win. The Belgian slot fan went from enjoying a few spins of his favourite slot machine to claiming the biggest online jackpot in history with a massive €19,430,724 win on Microgaming’s Absolootly Mad slot. CEO at Microgaming, Jon Coleman, said: “We’re absolootly delighted to see Mega Moolah make history once again with its latest record-breaking win, and what an incredible win it is – €19.4 million! That’s the largest jackpot payout in an online slot of all time. Congrats to the player, and well done to Napoleon Sports & Casino on their second Mega jackpot win on our network in as many weeks.” With more than €1.3 billion in payouts across their progressive network Microgaming are consistently one of the hottest jackpot slot providers. ✓Book of Atem: WowPot - €17.5 million The only this better than holding first place in the jackpot race must be holding first and second position. This is exactly what Microgaming has managed to accomplish with a stunning €17,529,047.11 progressive payout on their Book of Atem WowPot slot. Neil Banbury, UK General Manager for the Kindred Group, said: “We’re overjoyed for our player, first and foremost. Congrats on this incredible win! Well done to Microgaming, too, for delivering the industry’s leading range of progressive jackpot games. WowPot comes with a cracking set of games and is now on par with Mega Moolah as one of the big hitters.” What makes this win by a 32Red Casino player even more special is the fact that it was also the first Mega jackpot won on Book of Atem since its inception in September 2020. ✓Deal or No Deal Jackpot King slot - €8.1 million A new and exciting addition to this list of incredible jackpot wins is the recent €8,133,445.23 win on Blueprint Gaming’s underappreciated Deal or No Deal Jackpot King progressive slot. Jo Purvis, Director of UK Marketing at Blueprint Gaming, said: “Many congratulations to the lucky individual who’s received the biggest ever prize from Jackpot King. This is a truly life-changing sum of money and we couldn’t be happier for the player! This latest big win epitomises the beauty of Jackpot King and why it continues to be an integral part of an operator’s online casino offering.” The amazing thing is that this win did not cost very much at all. The lucky PokerStars Casino player was playing only €0.80 per game, and after reaching the Wheel King level was awarded an €8.1 million payday. ✓Crazy Time Live - €2.8 million An unusual entry into this list of incredible jackpot wins is Evolution Gaming’s Crazy Time live game. Building on the Dream Catcher money wheel concept Crazy Time allows players to choose their own adventure and as such win based on their decisions, not group choices. The internet went wild when Evolution Tweeted out: “Check out this massive win on the Crazy Time bonus game, where a 5000x multiplier gave a total winning pay-out of €2.8 million to players!” A group of lucky players spinning the Crazy Time wheel in the early hours of the morning landed the games maximum 5000x multiplier, awarded a cumulative jackpot payout of €2,802,834! ✓Aztec Millions slot - €3.7 million 2021 has been a good year for one lucky Golden Euro player when she turned a €27 deposit into a mind-blowing €3,746,291 win. Rather than one of the usual progressive slots we expect to see wins of this magnitude from she got lucky spinning the reels of Realtime Gaming’s popular Aztec Millions slot. ✓Sherlock & Moriarty WowPot - €2 million With two entries into the years ‘biggest jackpot wins’ list, It seems that Napoleon casino is using 2021 to transform their players into millionaires! The lucky player who has chosen to remain anonymous was cracking cases on Microgaming’s March 2021 slot title, Sherlock & Moriarty WowPot slot, when they uncovered the location a massive €2,025,388.75 windfall. ✓Sisters of Oz WowPot - €1.1 million The Sisters of Oz are doing it for themselves with the help of Microgaming’s WowPot progressive jackpot. After a near-miss in January of this year, one lucky player managed to crack the million Euro win mark on March 12th with a win of €1,123,513.15! This win is the third WowPot progressive jackpot payout in excess of €1 million in 2021. If the trend continues in the months that lie ahead WowPot could become a serious contender for the top progressive network of the year.
  2. When Lewis Carroll published Alice in Wonderland in 1865, I wonder if he had any idea that the seemingly innocuous side character, the Mad Hatter, would one day has his own day of celebration. What makes this even more amazing is the fact that Carroll never set out to publish the adventures of the erstwhile Alice. The entire adventure was merely a tale told a young girl named Alice Liddell to entertain her during a rowing trip. Carroll was firm friend with her father Henry Liddell, the Dean of Christ Church Oxford, and would regale the family with stories during visits and outings. Young Alice was so taken with the yarn Carroll had spun that she begged him to write it down for her. He did so and made her a gift of an illustrated book entitled “Alice’s Adventures Under Ground”. He was later encouraged by his mentor and leading fantasy author, George MacDonald, to flesh out the tale which we would come to know and love as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and where we would meet finally meet the Mad Hatter. The Don of Wonderland Among the many unlikely friends and foes, Alice encounters on her journey is the off-kilter character known only as the Hatter. The Hatter is described as being a jittery fellow who recites ridiculous poetry, disturbs the tea party by switching seats and on one scene is shown to dunk the poor dormouse’s head into a pot of tea, with the aid of the March Hare. While many know the character as the Mad Hatter this was not the name Carroll gave him. The name stems from the Cheshire Cat who refers to the Hatter and the March Hare as “both mad” when speaking to Alice. “Did You Know? In the 8th Century, mercury was used in hat making in a process called "carroting". Mercury poisoning drove some hatters crazy (mad).” This added to the well know phrase “mad as a hatter” seems to have fixed the character's name in the minds of both ardent readers and casual fans alike as the Mad Hatter. Mad Hatter in the Media One of the Hatter’s instantly recognisable attributes is the top hat sporting the phrase “In this style 10/6” which referred to the cost of the top hat, 10 shillings and 6 pence. This attachment to 10/6 is also the reason Mad Hatter day is celebrated on October 6th in the USA. In addition to making headlines each year when Mad Hatter Day celebrations roll around the character has been popularised over the years making appearances in books, film, television and even inspiring media and advertising company names. Despite numerous iterations of the Alice in Wonderland stories over the years the most notable and perhaps infamous portrayal of the Hatter is the one found in Tim Burton’s Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016). While Burton is known for his exaggerated set and character designs it is Depp’s Hatter who is central to the development of the film who is both terrifying and endearing. We follow Alice in her quest to save the Hatters family and so restore his mind which is beginning to fracture even more than usual sending him spiralling into madness. Addressing A Dark Reality In the current era, we are far more aware of mental health issues and how to deal with them, however, Carroll’s time sanatoriums were used as prisons for the poor, the destitute, the unwanted and the mentally unbalanced. It is a little known fact that Carroll’s uncle, Robert Skeffington Lutwidge, held the title of Commissioner in Lunacy. A Function which had him, and allowed Carroll to, visit and inspect “lunatic asylums”. This gave Carroll not only an intimate understanding of what the psychiatric community was trying to achieve but also the plight of the people locked away in these institutions. Research by Franziska E. Kohlt, Faculty of English Language and Literature, notes that Carroll’s portrayal of the Hatter shows a deep understanding of Victorian psychiatry. In Victorian institutions, tea parties were held as “therapeutic entertainments”. She goes on to write that in that time period it was writers like Carroll who dared bring such an uncomfortable topic into the light to raise public awareness of the issue. Mad Action on the Reels The Hatter has morphed over time into a character who is seen as enjoying life to the fullest and who invites any who are in need of comfort to join him in celebrating it. It is this quirky and entertaining aspect of the character that has also seen him appear in several Online Slots including these two amazing games: ✓Absolootly Mad: Mega Moolah by Microgaming In Microgaming’s Hatter themed progressive slot, there is no mention of Alice rather the entire game focuses on the nutty and wealthy Mad hatter. The reels of this classic 5x3 slot machine are filled with clever references to Lewis Carroll’s epic novels with tea cakes topped by either a smiling cat or a white chocolate rabbit, stacked teacups, a pocket watch and of course symbols bearing the face of the Hatter himself. There are also gold coins to be collected. Each coin is stamped with a 10/6 top hat and gathered enough of them you will trigger the Mega Moolah progressive jackpot feature. The Mega jackpot is seeded with a minimum payout of €1,000,000 earning this slot the name of “Absolootly Mad”. ✓The Wild Hatter by Red Tiger Red Tiger chose to draw their inspiration from Johnny Depp’s movie rendition of the Hatter for their slot machine The Wild Hatter. The lead character sports a flaming mop of red hair and a ghost-white face truly bringing out his Wild side. The reels of Wild Hatter slot are filled with instantly recognisable symbols which include a pocket watch, chess pieces, a teapot, a top hat, the Cheshire cat and of course the Hatter is the Wild. The slot machine offers an array of features including Win Multipliers, Respins, Symbol Swaps and more, all of which lead you ever closer to claiming its top payout of up to 3333x your bet. Celebrating Like A Mad Hatter While there are no special parades to celebrate this unusual character there is a lot we can learn from him and celebrate. Enjoy time with your loved ones, take the time to connect with friends around the world through video chat, don’t be so afraid to express who you truly are and above all else take care of your mental health.
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